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Can You Freeze Waffles?

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Waffles …. the perfect vessel for a whole host of toppings. Whether you keep things simple with a dollop of ice cream or go overboard with syrups, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and chicken! But, can you freeze them?

Can You Freeze Waffles?

Yes, you can freeze waffles for up to 2 months. Lay waffles up between sheets of parchment paper before wrapping, labelling and freezing the stack. (**Full Instructions Below – American, Potato & Brussels Waffles, Waffle Batter, Reheating, Etc**)

Do Waffles Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Waffles? Not Recommended

How to Freeze Waffles

Waffles & Ice Cream

Here’s our 5-step method for freezing waffles and waffle batter with success:

Waffles (cooked)

  1. Cool Completely
    Allow your waffles to cool to room temperature after cooking. This will prevent condensation from forming during the freezing process. Condensation will lead to soggy waffles.
  2. Flash Freeze
    To prevent the waffles from sticking together, place the them in a single layer on a baking sheet, ensuring they are not touching. Freeze for about an hour.
  3. Wrap Individually
    Wrap each waffle tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to protect against freezer burn.
  4. Label Container(s)
    Label the freezer-safe bag or container with the date. This helps you track how long the waffles have been in the freezer and it’s much easier to label the bags prior to putting the waffles in.
  5. Bag and Freeze
    Place the wrapped waffles in a large freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing and then place it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Flash Freeze, If Possible

If you have the freezer space, try freezing your waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet before wrapping and packaging them. This can help preserve their shape and texture and make it easier to grab one at a time.

Waffle Batter

Waffle Batter in Maker
  1. Prepare the Batter
    Make the waffle batter according to your favorite recipe. The big difference is do NOT add “other” things like berries, chocolate chips, etc. (You can add those later after defrosting.)
  2. Label
    Label your freezer-safe container(s) before putting the batter inside.
  3. Portion It Out
    Measure out how much you need to fill your specific waffle iron. Then, portion out that amount in each bag if you need individual servings. Otherwise, pour the entire batter into a small freezer-safe container or bag for group servings.
  4. Freeze
    Place the tray or container in the freezer until the batter is solidly frozen.

How to Freeze Different Types of Waffles

Of course, ‘waffles‘ is quite a broad term. There are 3 types of waffle that I love and that you can freeze with differing degrees of success:

Brussels Waffles

Brussels waffles are larger, lighter, and crispier than other varieties. Due to their airy texture, they can become soggy if not cooled and packaged correctly before freezing.

One trick is to undercook them slightly so they finish crisping up during reheating.

American Waffles

American waffles are denser and often include extras like blueberries or chocolate chips.

These should freeze well, but be aware that any fruit or other moisture-rich additions can create ice crystals. Consider pureeing or drying out any fruit before adding it to your batter.

Potato Waffles

Potato waffles, as the name suggests, contain potatoes which can change texture after freezing and reheating.

To maintain the best texture, ensure potato waffles are completely cooled before freezing and consider reheating them in the oven or toaster rather than the microwave.

3 Tips for Freezing Waffles

Here are our Top 3 Tips, which we strongly recommend following, to give you the best results when freezing your leftover waffles:

Flash Freeze (if possible)
Flash-freezing your waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet (before wrapping and packaging them) helps preserve their shape and texture. This will also make them easier to grab one at a time.

Portion Wisely
Freeze waffles and batter in portions that you would typically use at one time. This makes it easier to defrost exactly what you need, reducing waste…something that’s important to us here at Freeze It.

Keep it Airtight
Whether freezing waffles or batter, ensure the packaging is airtight to maintain freshness and prevent freezer burn

How Long Can You Freeze Waffles?

In the freezer, waffles can last for up to 2 months. After this, they’re still safe to eat, but the quality in terms of texture and taste might start to decline.

The last thing you want is to thaw a waffle, go to eat it and find it a bit dry, tough and stale.

How Do You Defrost Waffles?

When you’re ready to enjoy your waffles, you can actually go straight from the freezer to your toaster or oven — there’s usually no need to thaw them first. But check out all the methods below.

Cooked Waffles:

  1. Toaster: For a quicker option, pop frozen waffles directly into the toaster. Adjust the setting to avoid burning them.
  2. Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place waffles on a baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  3. Microwave: If in a rush, you can microwave waffles. Use the defrost setting or a low power mode for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Be cautious as this method will make them slightly soggy.
  4. Refrigerator: Transfer the desired number of waffles from the freezer to the refrigerator. Let them thaw overnight. This method also tends to result in soggy waffles. Give them a toast to re-crisp them if you use this method.

Waffle Batter:

  1. Refrigerator: For best results, thaw waffle batter in the refrigerator overnight. Give it a good stir before using.
  2. Microwave: If you need to use the batter more quickly, you can defrost it in the microwave on the defrost setting. Check and stir the batter every 30 seconds to ensure even thawing. However, be cautious as rapid thawing will affect the texture.

Can You Refreeze Waffles?

Yes, but it’s not recommended. You can thaw and refreeze waffles only if they’ve been kept at or below refrigerator temperatures during thawing. And even then, they’ll probably be texturally ruined because with each repeated thaw and freeze they become more and more damaged.

WARNING

There is an increased risk of foodborne pathogens if you refreeze partially thawed foods.

Do Waffles Freeze Well?

In general, waffles freeze quite well and it’s a popular way to make a convenient, quick breakfast.

There will be some loss of quality compared to fresh waffles, especially in terms of the crispness, but properly frozen waffles can still be enjoyable, especially if you re-toast them for a minute.

FAQs

Can You Defrost Waffles in the Microwave?

Yes, you can defrost waffles in the microwave, but it’s not typically the best method for waffles. Microwaves can heat unevenly and cause the waffles to become soggy or rubbery. If you’re in a rush, use your microwave’s defrost setting.

How Long Do Waffles Last in the Fridge?

When stored in the fridge, cooked waffles should be eaten within 1-2 days for the best taste and texture.

Can You Freeze Shop-Bought Waffles?

Yes, you can! In fact, many store-bought waffles come in freezer-friendly packaging. If the waffles aren’t packaged for freezing or if you’ve opened the package and have leftovers, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container.

Can You Refreeze Potato Waffles?

It’s not recommended. You can thaw and refreeze waffles only if they’ve been kept at or below refrigerator temperatures during thawing. And there’s an increased risk of foodborne pathogens if you refreeze partially thawed foods.

Can I Freeze Waffles Made with Buttermilk?

Yes, waffles made with buttermilk can be frozen and retain a good texture and flavor upon reheating.

How Do I Prevent Waffles From Becoming Soggy When Reheating?

Reheating waffles in a toaster or oven can help maintain their crispiness. Avoid microwaving if possible, as it tends to make them soggy.

Can I Add Toppings Before Freezing?

It’s best to freeze waffles without toppings. Add fresh toppings after reheating for the best taste and texture.

Is It Better to Freeze Waffles or Waffle Batter?

Freezing cooked waffles tends to preserve the quality better than freezing batter. Frozen cooked waffles can be quickly reheated, offering a more convenient option.

Can Gluten-Free Waffles be Frozen?

Yes, gluten-free waffles can be frozen using the same method as regular waffles. They also reheat well.

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